Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

Goal No 1: To write an enjoyable, bestselling novel

In between work and studying over the past couple of months I've managed to speed read through Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. Tonight I've just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. I couldn't put it down.

I can't quite recommend it unequivocally, but if you're not easily offended or put off by scenes of abuse, rape, torture, violence and some fascinating insights into Swedish sexual exploits then all I can say is I found each of the three books to be among the best I've read for years.

Larsson created such fascinating and compelling characters that by the end of his first book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I desperately did not want them to come to harm.

I feel a deep sadness having finished the books. His last novel almost seemed prophetic in places. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean.

Larsson is now officially one of my hero's. He has written in a way that I aspire to.

Have you read his novels? What did you think of them?

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Assignment (TMA) 6 completed with less than three hours to the midnight deadline.

At some point I'm going to wake up from the stress of the last few months and be glad I started this course but I suspect not until after the exam in October.

I can vaguely remember my wife being this stressed a long time ago when she was in her final year at Uni and I have to admit I probably wasn't all that sympathetic then.

I am see sawing over whether or not to sign up for a final 60 credit course starting in October. The thought of a year break is reeaaally appealing just now. But the thought of doing an enjoyable course on creative writing which does NOT have an exam at the end is still very tempting. If any course will ever be enjoyable again that is.

While I don't yet feel suicidal, I think I'm beginning to understand why people do take extreme measures when they are under pressure. Still, pressure dropping, I can feel it ease even as I write this. Time to make a drink and watch some mind numbing TV.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Head down

Five out of seven assignments completed so far with number six due in a weeks time. Assignment six and seven are a first and then final draft of the course project. Quite generous of the Open University as assignment six is only worth 4 percent of the combined grading which means we are not penalised for a poor first draft.
Only potential problem is that I've yet to begin working on assignment six...
Going to be a busy weekend :(